Posted on June 18th, 2018 - Fiona
It isn’t everyday someone calls in uninvited at Coombe Mill as we are tucked away in our own private valley off the beaten track. However when Niki rang the bell for a speculative chat I soon realised this was a lady with an entrepreneurial head and a great idea: Selling unique Cornish made gifts nationally and to visitors of our lovely county on holiday. We are delighted to have teamed up with Niki and So Cornish to offer you a chance to win the delightful So Cornish Relaxation Gift bag full of pampering goodies worth £32.75 delivered directly to your home. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win.
The So Cornish Proposition
Just as the name suggests everything on the site is Cornish made. Whether you are after a special piece of Jewellery, a souvenir crafted from local glass, a taste of Cornwall or sea inspired toiletries, you’ll find it all at So Cornish. But the site is more than just a shop; it is a whole resource covering what’s on in the county and recommended places to stay – including Coombe Mill of course.
Niki started the business back in 2017 with her husband and two boys and has been adding to the site ever since. In her words:
“Having been born and raised in this wonderful county, I have always had a passion for all things Cornish so back in 2016 I decided to create a place where everyone can access genuine Cornish made gifts, hampers and indulgences. Part of my grand plan has also been to create an online source of information where lovers of Cornwall can access and contribute local information on the best beaches, upcoming events and great places to stay in Cornwall.”
The Relaxation Gift Bag
This lovely pack contains pampering products, chocolate and a homeopathic candle which will work together harmoniously to provide the recipient with the required elements to have a little, all important rest and relaxation.
Jute Bag Contents:
Relax and Unwind Candle (With a sublime combination of soothing Lavender, sensuous Ylang Ylang and a hint of warm, earthy Patchouli.)|
Take a Load off Bath Oil (Containing a blend of Rosemary, Lavender & Peppermint); it can be used directly on the skin for moisturising or massage.)|
Lovely Lavender Soap (Just a hint of Howood and May Chang to gently “lift” the soothing Lavender scent. Skin-nourishing Vitamin E, Evening Primrose oil, Shea butter and Avocado oil all combine to make this a nourishing, gentle and soothing soap.)|
Relax and Unwind Hand and Body Lotion (Lightly scented this with a calming blend of essential oils; Lavender, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang which will help you unwind and de-stress.)|
Cornish honeycomb chocolate 50% milk. (Single origin milk chocolate with honeycomb pieces.) 70g|
Win your Relaxation Gift Bag from So Cornish with Coombe Mill
For your chance to relax and unwind the Cornish way simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Relaxation Gift Bag
I have not received any payment or sampled the products here; I just wanted to support a great sounding local venture on the Coombe Mill blog.
Posted on June 11th, 2018 - Fiona
If you have a budding designer in your family then it is a trait to be encouraged. Kids are naturally inquisitive, curious and learn through experimentation and creation. Anything that fuels this behaviour will aid their development. Phaidon have come out with a comprehensive new book containing 24 great DIY projects thought up by designers especially for kids. Turn plastic bottles into model people or buckets into drum sets. Create puppets lampshades and even character footwear from everyday household items. Read on to discover more about “Now Make This” and be in with a chance of winning your own copy.
Now Make This and Coombe Mill
Here on the farm we like to get creative with the children staying for activity hour. Using nature and throw away items, we create treasures for the fairy gardens and holiday keepsakes for the children. I know just how much pleasure the children here have doing this and what a great learning journey it is too.
With this in mind I couldn’t wait to see the wonderful ideas real designers would come up with in the book. Every idea has step by step instructions, illustrations to guide you and a list at the start of what you’ll need. We loved creating the painted window in the Coombe Mill Games room and are going to compare nature with science putting the paper copters to the test against the falling sycamore helicopter seeds in the autumn. As plastic waste is right up there in the news right now, talking about this with children whilst building a plastic man seems a great way to learn about conservation and recycling.
Need to know
|Format||Hardback 120 pages|
|Dimensions||270 x 205mm|
|Stockists||Paidon.com, Wordery.com, Blackwel’s.co.uk |
Win your copy of Now Make this with Phaidon and Coombe Mill
For your chance to get creative and see science in motion with these great designs just enter below to win your copy of the book.
Good luck to all taking part.
Now Make This
We were sent our copy of Now Make this for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions on the book are my own.
Posted on June 4th, 2018 - Fiona
Holidays are perfect for enjoying family time and creating memories to last. Here at Coombe Mill we work hard to create the perfect holiday environment for families to do just this. It looks like our friends at Lonely Planet Kids also have preserving holiday memories on the mind with two adorable new titles in their kids range. My Holiday Scrapbook and My Holiday Drawing Book are two books designed to help children record their time away in a fun and memorable way. If you have a holiday coming up and want it to make a lasting impact with your child then read on to discover more about these lovely books and how you can win them both.
Whether you are jumping in a pool in the sunshine after an exhausting flight or unpacking the car for a week on the farm with us there are moments you want to capture and remember. It might be swimming in our river, learning to fish, helping drive the tractor or cuddling a rabbit, they are times to cherish. With these lovely books you’ll learn some tricks of the trade for drawing and be encouraged to collect snippets from nature to bring back those holiday experiences long after they have finished.
Holiday Drawing Book
We love this book for the great first tips to drawing it gives. Learn how to draw in 3D, create perspective, give stick men emotions and much more. Our favourite is the lesson in turning basic shapes into creatures. You could create all the animals on the farm in this way.
My Holiday Scrapbook
This book with over 150 stickers will have you scavenging the countryside for flowers and feathers, saving bus tickets and activity entrance passes to stick into your book. Make the book unique to your holiday with the things you collect along the way. Even a rainy day is an adventure when you play dot to dot with raindrop splashes! We took inspiration from the book for one of our activity hour crafts here on the farm and filled in the nature colours to make flags for the children to keep.
Need to Know
My Holiday Drawing Book||
My Holiday Scrapbook||
|Dimensions|| 172mm × 215mm||Dimensions||232 x 304 x 9mm|
|Author ||Gillian Johnson||Author ||Gillian Johnson|
|Publisher|| Lonely Planet Kids||Publisher|| Lonely Planet Kids|
|Warning||this book is not suitable for children under 3 as the handy book mark cord could be a strangulation hazard.||Warning||this book is not suitable for children under 3 as the handy book mark cord could be a strangulation hazard.|
|Stockists||Lonely Planet website, Amazon, Wordery, Waterstones||Stockists||Lonely Planet website, Amazon, Wordery, Waterstones|
Win your copy of My Holiday Scrapbook and Drawing Book with Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win these two lovely books in time for your holiday simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
My Holiday Scrapbook and My Holiday Drawing Book
We were sent our copy of these holiday memory books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on their content is my own.
Posted on May 28th, 2018 - Fiona
If you are a lover of jigsaw puzzles or traditional style wooden toys you can’t fail to covert the Wentworth wooden puzzle collection. There is something for little ones aged 3 all the way to challenging puzzles for grownups in intricate designs and shapes. Loose yourself in the puzzle theme from the design to the wooden pieces themselves. These are puzzles with a twist you’ll like. We have been putting the Noah’s Ark 50 piece puzzle for children to the test and discovering the unique whimsy pieces for ourselves, not to mention enjoying the challenge just as much as the kids! Read on to discover more and for your chance to win your own puzzle box.
The Puzzle image
Packed with colour and created in a cartoon style this 50 piece puzzle is perfect for children. Who can resist a rainbow of butterflies or a sea filled with every sea creature you could think of and that’s before your board the ark! On board the ark cheeky cartoon style mammals lean out of the boat with Noah and his family at the centre. The design by Peter Barrett is cleverly illustrated and a delight to create with plenty of learning opportunities for children not only in the Noah Ark story but in animal identification.
The puzzle pieces
Not only does the design draw the creator in, but the pieces themselves have a unique whimsy factor being carved by laser jet into animal shapes. See the puzzle design on one side and the animal features on the reverse. A clever touch we love.
What we liked
- The animal shaped pieces
- The quality and feel of the puzzle pieces
- A drawstring bag to keep your Wentworth wooden puzzle safe.
- The wood is from sustainably managed forests and the box from recycled materials.
- The puzzle could be a challenge for the recommended age group but if worked on with a little prompting and encouragement from an older sibling or grown up it is both manageable and fun to make.
See how we created our Wentworth wooden puzzle : Noah’s Ark
Need to know
||Wentworth online shop
||50 piece puzzle shapes, draw string bag
Dimension of finished puzzle
|360 x 250mm
||Age 3 – 6
There are lots of other puzzles in the children’s range including dinosaur and fairy themes or even a personalised photo puzzle, you are sure to find one there just right for your child’s interest.
Win your Noah’s Ark Wooden Puzzle with Wentworth and Coombe Mill
If you fancy starting your Wentworth puzzle collection with this colourful Noah’s Ark design just follow the instructions below for a chance to win. Good luck to all taking part.
Wentworth Noah’s Ark Puzzle
We were sent our puzzle for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on May 21st, 2018 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we make so secret of loving games and educational toys that encourage children to think and learn whilst having fun away from technology. The lovely range of board games and puzzles from Orchard Toys delivers against these aims every time. Quality wipe clean recycled board at affordable prices are turned into simple but effective learning tools for younger children. We were invited to try out one of the new games for 2018: One Dog, Ten Frogs. The name had me taken from the start; an educational counting game with animals was going to be a winner here. Read on to discover more about the game and how you could win one to enjoy with your little ones.
Jumbo Cards for Matching and Sequencing
Essentially this is a giant game of pairs. Jumbo circular cards have numbers with the corresponding number of animals shown. Turn the cards and match the animals and numbers. When you are done make a long line in number order. It is as simple as that, yet gives so many opportunities to discuss and explain both number values and the cute animals depicted.
At just £10 we think this would make an excellent birthday present for friends and family members or perhaps a treat in preparation for starting school or nursery.
See just how easy the game is to play in our little video
Need to know
15 jumbo pairs of cards
Number reference board in 2 jigsaw pieces
Matching and Memory skills
Encourages collaborative play
|Available from||Orchard Toys, Amazon, Smyths Toys.|
Win your game of One Dog, Ten frogs with Orchard Toys and Coombe Mill
To be in with a chance of winning this lovely educational game for your children just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
One Dog Ten Frogs Game
We were sent our game of One Dog, Ten Frogs for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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